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Columns

  • Tax increases are not the way to rebuild our economy

    The American people continue to face one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  The latest unemployment numbers mark the 16th consecutive month that our nation’s unemployment rate has been at or above 9.5 percent – the longest period since the Great Depression.  Unfortunately, these are numbers that the American people are all too familiar with and yet the Democrats in Congress continue to pursue an agenda that will further threaten American job creators and families.  

  • Don’t let ‘Scrooge’ ruin your holiday

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

    540-586-4800
    Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

  • End the wars; cut military spending

        Do you ever wonder how it could be that most Americans are so unconcerned, so blasé, about a U.S. war in a strange, foreign country where we have now been embroiled for nearly 10 years?

        How many of us, in our daily routines, ever even hear people talking about this war, one way or the other? Either for it or against it? While the Iraq war was raging, during Bush’s last term, Afghanistan was occasionally mentioned as “the forgotten war.”

  • You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

        Rick Howell made an interesting effort, in last week’s The Liberal Agenda, to make Nancy Pelosi seem like just a sweet li’l ol’ granny. When Granny Pelosi rammed a massive health care reform bill though the House of Representatives, she had our best interests at heart. She just wants to make sure we all have good health care when we get a runny nose.

  • For now it’s a fair compromise

    The President’s willingness to reach an agreement with Republicans on controversial tax issues is the right step to take. The real question now becomes whether the Democrats in Congress will follow suit and actually pass the proposal.
        That’s a lot less likely.

  • More members needed

    On behalf of Montvale Rescue Squad may I take this opportunity to write and give thanks to you for  the press coverage  of our 40th Anniversary.

  • The spending spree continues in Washington

    Next week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Washington. At that time we are expected to consider how the government will continue to operate into the new year.  This is the direct result of the fact the Democrat controlled Congress failed to pass a budget or enact any of the twelve annual spending bills that fund all government operations. Recent reports indicate that the Democrats hope to consider a $1.11 trillion omnibus spending bill that would increase expenditures by hundreds of billions of dollars.  

  • Political theater on immigration

    During the mid-term elections, you would not have been far off to suggest that the two most dominate players on either side were women: Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi.
        Pelosi, the liberal Democrat who has made history as the first female Speaker of the House, was everywhere, though not literally.

  • A pending federal regulation is just one more sign of the times

    The federal government just can’t help itself.

        Facing tight budgets, local governments will soon be facing an additional unfunded mandate that will strain those budgets even further.
        The Federal Highway Administration believes the street signs we look at every day just aren’t cutting it. And so, they will have to be changed. In some cases, at great cost.

  • Cybersecurity is critical to our national security

    This week the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued their annual report to Congress.  The report, which details all aspects of the relationship between the United States and China, contained disturbing but not unsuspected revelations that the Chinese government is behind the numerous computer hacking incidents involving many U.S. government and military sites.